I am coming back to write about P. G. Wodehouse after a long time even though I have read many of his books in past few months. Most of the books that I read were short stories and to write a post about short story is rather difficult, though in case of Wodehouse, each one of them is a masterpiece on its own. This time I found “Right Ho, Jeeves” that is a full length novel and an amazing one. It is very hilarious and very comforting to read anything from Wodehouse. While reading this book, I ended up laughing all the way.
The plot of the story has all the usual twists and turns. Bertie is trying to help his Aunt, her daughter and his friends at the same time and he wants to do it without taking help from Jeeves. He actually comes up with nice ideas but somehow ends up in worse situation every time. In the end when everything is going wrong, he turns to Jeeves for help who once again manages to bring the situation back to normal but extracts his price by managing to burn Bertie’s jacket that he had not liked.
The whole idea of Wodehouse stories is not the complexity of the plot but the language and characterization. I almost felt as though I was reading poetry or a work of art rather than just a story. The scene of Fink-Nottle giving speech in a school was one of the best comic scenes and so was the part involving Anatole, the great chef at Aunt Dahlia’s house. Some places where Bertie is trying to put down Jeeves in the matter of telling him “Yes Sir” or “Sir” in response to Bertie’s ideas is amazingly done. If that scene were to be done on Video, it would have been easy but to capture the nuance of speech in written word in not so easy. In another place, Bertie and Jeeves communicate just by raising their eyebrows or repeat what each other is saying. I can actually go on and on describing all the scenes in the book.
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